John Paul Miller, one of America's preeminent goldsmiths passed recently at the age of 94.
He is generally credited with rediscovering the ancient Egyptian technique of granulation in the 50s, and certainly a seminal figure in the American art-jewelry field. Granulation is fusion bonding of gold achieved with the use of specific high-karat alloys and specialized reducing atmosphere aided by organic oxygen-eating agents.
John Paul used granulation to stunning effect, using the usual spheres but also geometric shapes fused as components of the design. His pieces, using granulation along with masterful enameling, were awe inspiring combinations of technique and imagination.
I had the pleasure to meet both John Paul and his friend Fred Miller(no relation) some years ago when Jean curated a show including his work. They came to visit and we had quite a fine afternoon together. I remember him being very soft-spoken and modest in light of his accomplishments.
If you do a google image search you will find an extraordinary body of work.
Edited by Jim Kelso, 14 March 2013 - 12:18 PM.